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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included. Agenda Unit 1 How the Internet is Changing How We Learn The Top 10 reasons cognitive information is delivered better by the Internet Learning online Learning in-person; what you cannot do on the Internet How young people learn differently online The Brain and Learning online Unit 2 Building Your Online Course The Ten Step Model How knowledge is organized online Building online content Creating audio and video presentations Development time and cost Unit 3 Teaching Your Online Course Facilitating online discussions Creating a safe online learning environment Responding to student questions and needs How much time you should spend online Evaluating your online course Unit 4 Creating Assessment and Measuring Online Learning Designing online assessment Multiple assessments Assessment as a learning tool Grading in the 21st century Best Practices in Online Teaching

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $195.00



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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. The opportunities are tremendous for teaching online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Experience one of the most advanced online classrooms for teachers. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows. Plus, find out how self quizzes enhance learning. See an animation, drop-and-drop exercise, and dynamite welcome pages. Engage in online discussion with other teachers. An instructor’s book, Advanced Teaching Online, is included. Agenda Unit 1 How the Internet is Changing How We Learn The Top 10 reasons cognitive information is delivered better by the Internet Learning online Learning in-person; what you cannot do on the Internet How young people learn differently online The Brain and Learning online Unit 2 Building Your Online Course The Ten Step Model How knowledge is organized online Building online content Creating audio and video presentations Development time and cost Unit 3 Teaching Your Online Course Facilitating online discussions Creating a safe online learning environment Responding to student questions and needs How much time you should spend online Evaluating your online course Unit 4 Creating Assessment and Measuring Online Learning Designing online assessment Multiple assessments Assessment as a learning tool Grading in the 21st century Best Practices in Online Teaching

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves. Agenda Unit 1 Skill and values identification Envisioning an “ideal career” Networking and research skills Basics of Job Search strategies Unit 2 Developing the Master Resume Understanding the resume & cover letter Selecting the right approach for networking Understanding informational interviews Unit 3 Draft #1 resume & cover letter Identifying professionals for an interview Social Network profile Unit 4 Final resume & cover letter Interviews & reports Wrap-up & resources

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Geared for professionals at every stage, this course provides resources and support to re-assess your career trajectory, develop the tools you need to launch yourself into a promotion, a new job or a whole new field. We will start with the basics – career assessments: who are you? what are you interested in? what are you good at? and where do you want to go? Then we will work on some research skills to find those opportunities or create them yourself. Lastly, each participant will craft the tools to take them to the next step – resumes, cover letters and other ways to reach out and cultivate your next career launch. Each participant will be able to customize their work to suit their unique direction and needs. This Career Preparation class is designed for people who are wanting to clarify their career options within a specific field or explore possibilities for a career change. The goal of the class is to help participants learn more about careers that match their interests and become more confident about career planning and strategic career moves. Agenda Unit 1 Skill and values identification Envisioning an “ideal career” Networking and research skills Basics of Job Search strategies Unit 2 Developing the Master Resume Understanding the resume & cover letter Selecting the right approach for networking Understanding informational interviews Unit 3 Draft #1 resume & cover letter Identifying professionals for an interview Social Network profile Unit 4 Final resume & cover letter Interviews & reports Wrap-up & resources

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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You can improve your value to your organization and serve your organization better by recognizing some of the legal issues that work organizations face on a regular basis. For non-lawyers in a variety of work environments, you will find out what you should know, and when to consult a lawyer. After completing this course, you will better understand legal issues in the workplace, know when your organization needs to consult a lawyer, and have the knowledge to better serve your organization and work with lawyers. Agenda Unit 1 Understanding Legal Documents -Common legal terms -Why lawyers write the way they do -Overview of regulations and how to find them -Contracts, when they generally happen Unit 2 Do I need a lawyer? -What types of things can I handle myself? -Copyrights, business formations, claims -Non-lawyer document preparation -Lawyer fee structures Unit 3 Intellectual property -What’s in a name? Copyright and trademark issues -Trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements -Covenants to not compete Unit 4 When Mistakes Happen -What kind of exposure am I looking at? -Criminal laws, personal injury -Employment -Product liability an copyright infringement -What to expect in a courtroom

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to the Negotiation -Your natural bargaining style and how you can strengthen it -Understanding winning - the hallmarks of a successful negotiation -The steps to planning a successful bargaining process -Knowing your power sources -Balancing firmness and flexibility Unit 2 Option Building and Boundary Setting -Creating goals and priorities in the deal -Creating bargaining boundaries -How to build your options -How to create better options for your opponent, without giving away what you value Unit 3 Managing the Negotiating Process -Managing the process -Managing yourself -Managing the other side -Managing relationships -Managing communication Unit 4 Black Belt Skills -Planning to give more and get more -Developing a BATNA, knowing when to employ it -Crafting the agreements and commitments -Diverting tricky tactics and attempts at dirty dealing

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Negotiation is a key skill for success in business and everyday life. Knowing strategies to clarify what you want and how to prioritize needs will ensure you get more of what’s essential. Having the skills to help others get what they want will improve relationships and increase your odds of success in the future. Work with a pro to learn how to plan, implement and win in the bargaining process. Save time, grow your business network and gain confidence when dealing with even the shrewdest of deal-makers. Invest in these skills now and reap a lifetime of rewards. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to the Negotiation -Your natural bargaining style and how you can strengthen it -Understanding winning - the hallmarks of a successful negotiation -The steps to planning a successful bargaining process -Knowing your power sources -Balancing firmness and flexibility Unit 2 Option Building and Boundary Setting -Creating goals and priorities in the deal -Creating bargaining boundaries -How to build your options -How to create better options for your opponent, without giving away what you value Unit 3 Managing the Negotiating Process -Managing the process -Managing yourself -Managing the other side -Managing relationships -Managing communication Unit 4 Black Belt Skills -Planning to give more and get more -Developing a BATNA, knowing when to employ it -Crafting the agreements and commitments -Diverting tricky tactics and attempts at dirty dealing

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in business, psychology, sales, and all forms of personal development. Find out how to manage your emotional and psychological states to eliminate fear and anxiety, replace negative behaviors with positive ones, and establish rapport in your personal and professional relationships. Then learn how to model highly successful people and better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors. Agenda Unit 1 Understanding the Main Ideas of NLP · What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming? · The Four Stages of Learning · The NLP Communications Model · The Presuppositions of NLP · The Five Principles of Success · The Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind Unit 2 Communication and Perception · Developing Sensory Acuity · Establishing Rapport · Matching & Mirroring · Pacing & Leading · Understanding The Doors of Perception Unit 3 Representational Systems · Representational Systems · Favored Representational Systems · Language and Representational Systems · Eye Accessing Cues · Submodalities Unit 4 Modeling · Learning theory · Strategies and Strategy Elicitation . The Recipe for Success

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $175.00



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NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally. NLP is one of the most powerful skills used today in business, psychology, sales, and all forms of personal development. Find out how to manage your emotional and psychological states to eliminate fear and anxiety, replace negative behaviors with positive ones, and establish rapport in your personal and professional relationships. Then learn how to model highly successful people and better understand your staff’s and customer’s needs, motivations and behaviors. Agenda Unit 1 Understanding the Main Ideas of NLP · What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming? · The Four Stages of Learning · The NLP Communications Model · The Presuppositions of NLP · The Five Principles of Success · The Prime Directives of the Unconscious Mind Unit 2 Communication and Perception · Developing Sensory Acuity · Establishing Rapport · Matching & Mirroring · Pacing & Leading · Understanding The Doors of Perception Unit 3 Representational Systems · Representational Systems · Favored Representational Systems · Language and Representational Systems · Eye Accessing Cues · Submodalities Unit 4 Modeling · Learning theory · Strategies and Strategy Elicitation . The Recipe for Success

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $175.00



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Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. How effective you manage your time and productivity can affect your business and personal life in so many ways. You’ll get tips and techniques you won’t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Whether you are managing your own time, or others’ time, come away with proven tips to put into practice on Monday morning. Agenda Unit 1 Time and Productivity Management – Evaluation Time Management Personal Quiz Workday Analysis Exercise Being Busy vs Producing Results Unit 2 Challenges to Time Management and Productivity Distractions and Interruptions Concentration and Focus Stress Management New Technology and Productivity Unit 3 Strategies and Tips to improve Time Management and Productivity Workday Analysis Planning and Prioritizing Techniques and Methods Action Program Unit 4 Managing Your Time, Yourself and Others Goal Setting Self Motivation Time Trackers The 4-Hour Workweek

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. How effective you manage your time and productivity can affect your business and personal life in so many ways. You’ll get tips and techniques you won’t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Whether you are managing your own time, or others’ time, come away with proven tips to put into practice on Monday morning. Agenda Unit 1 Time and Productivity Management – Evaluation Time Management Personal Quiz Workday Analysis Exercise Being Busy vs Producing Results Unit 2 Challenges to Time Management and Productivity Distractions and Interruptions Concentration and Focus Stress Management New Technology and Productivity Unit 3 Strategies and Tips to improve Time Management and Productivity Workday Analysis Planning and Prioritizing Techniques and Methods Action Program Unit 4 Managing Your Time, Yourself and Others Goal Setting Self Motivation Time Trackers The 4-Hour Workweek

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features. You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties. You will find out the purpose of each photo-editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know. Agenda Unit 1 Files -Opening files and creating a new file -File properties: Resolution, mode and canvas vs. size -Saving files: methods and formats -Rulers, guides, and grids -Navigating layers: Create, edit, blend, and mask Unit 2 Basic tools -Brushes, fill, and eraser -Blur, smudge, clone, and heal -Shapes and lines, introduction to vector graphics -Adjustments and adjustment layers Unit 3 Managing text -Creating text: Font properties, alignment and color -Text boxes and paragraph properties -Character properties and spacing -Vertical text and text effects Unit 4 What the pros know -Creating swatches -Some filters are more useful than others -Create your own shapes and brushes -Save time with Photoshop actions

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $195.00



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